Gun Control: For or Against?

1495 WordsJun 25, 20186 Pages
The debate over gun control in the U.S today is not merely as welcomed today as it was in the early 1700’s because of controversy, misunderstanding of the law, and the danger guns cause. In 1791 James Madison had written the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights makes up the first 10 amendments in the Constitution. Madison had to create this Bill of Rights in order to win over the state of New York in order to rewrite the Constitution himself. The right to keep and bear arms is the second amendment in our Constitution. This law itself has always been a major priority and issue since it was created, and it is still a large issue today. Gun control has always been a large issue when it came to the government. We have an ongoing battle…show more content…
This amendment was written in the idea that men would have guns in order to protect their own states and to retain food for their families, not that they would go around killing other people like civilians in 2012 do. That is why gun control laws were created, in protection for others who do not own a firearm themselves. “Danger is the biggest idea when it comes to controlling the population and making sure the gun control laws stay in affect. “The gun ban had an unintended effect: It emboldened criminals because they knew that law-abiding District residents were unarmed and powerless to defend themselves. Violent crime increased after the law was enacted, with homicides rising to 369 in 1988, from 188 in 1976 when the ban started. By 1993, annual homicides had reached 454. [...] Since the gun ban was struck down, murders in the District have steadily gone down, from 186 in 2008 to 88 in 2012, the lowest number since the law was enacted in 1976.” (Jeffery Shapiro, Wall Street Journal) This quote explains how the new gun laws made it more efficient for criminals to come after their victims because they now knew that majority of their victims would not be carrying a defense weapon. These laws made the crimes increase, but once the gun ban was gotten rid of crime was at its now lowest numbers in 2012. So the United States now knows that guns being banned do not help to prevent any kind of danger or
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